Christian Medical and Dental Associations

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Christian Medical and Dental Associations
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Motto Changing Hearts in Healthcare
Formation 1931
Type professional association
Headquarters Washington, D.C. and Bristol, Tennessee
Location
Membership
17,000[1]
Official language
English
President
Richard E. Johnson, MD
Key people
David Stevens, MD (CEO)
Staff
75
Website http://cmda.org/

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association and the Christian Dental Association.[2] As of 2011, CMDA had approximately 17,000 members.[1] It is the United States affiliate of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association.

The membership consists of physicians, dentists, and other allied health professionals. The CMDA "sponsors overseas medical mission projects, provides members with a network for fellowship and professional growth, finances student campus ministries in medical and dental schools, publishes educational/inspirational materials, hosts marriage and family conferences, offers continuing education for missionary doctors, and develops overseas academic exchange programs".[1][2] In addition, "Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) works on 242 medical/dental school campuses with over ten thousand students."[3]

Members of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations are from various movements, such as evangelicalism, and represent several Christian denominations including Anglicans, Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Moravians, Baptists, Pentecostals and the Orthodox. These CMDA affiliated health providers can be found by health consumers using a public database hosted by the national CMDA web site. The database has been reported to receive about 65,000 hits per month.[4]

Campus/University Ministry[edit]

CMDA has a large campus ministry throughout the U.S. A team of 50 regional staff members organize campus Bible studies, mission teams, leadership training and outreach functions on 326 medical, dental, osteopathic, podiatry and allied health schools. For a formal list of these campus organizations go to Campus & Community Ministries

Missionary Focus[edit]

CMDA has a large missionary focus. The Center for Medical Missions (CMM) provides pre-field training, on-site consultations, networking, ministry resources, monthly (the e-Pistle) and semi-monthly (Your Call) publications and scholarships for international rotations. CMM currently serves over 760 students and residents through their "Your Call" program, which is designed to help those with a call to medical missions stay focused on that call throughout their years of preparation.

Medical Education International (MEI) builds relationships with physicians, dentists and students in other countries through medical education and training. MEI teams respond to requests of local medical leaders and/or Christian workers to teach topics that will improve local health care, often in some of the least known and remote parts of the world.

CMDA's Global Health Outreach (GHO) provides opportunities for medical, dental and other healthcare professionals to treat the physical and spiritual needs of afflicted/impoverished peoples. This is often done in the context of short-term medical and dental missionary service. CMDA believes this to be an important aspect of their organization in accordance with the biblical teachings of the book of Matthew (22:39; 25:36; 28:19). CMDA's GHO also partners with local pastors, missionaries, and various local organizations in an effort to ensure an on-going local ministry persists following the departure of a short-term medical/dental missionary team.

Nationally, CMDA partners with organizations such as Med Send and Global Missions Health Conference to help enable and equip doctors for medical missions.

Public Policy[edit]

The Christian Medical Association's Washington office provides a national voice for members on public policy issues such as health care, conscience rights, human trafficking, international health, abortion, HIV-AIDS, human cloning, abstinence, stem cell research, assisted suicide, among other issues.[5]

The Washington Office links our members with Congress, the White House, federal agencies and policy organizations; provides congressional testimony; presents life-honoring perspectives through the national media; and publishes resources on vital issues.

The Washington office also directs the Freedom2Care (www.Freedom2Care.org) coalition of over 50 organizations to advance conscience rights in health care.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cavalcanti, H. B. (2007). Gloryland: Christian Suburbia, Christian Nation. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 37. ISBN 9780313348129. Take the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA), for example. One of the oldest professional associations in America, the CMDA boasts a 17,000-member roll. It sponsors overseas medical mission projects, provides members with a network for fellowship and professional growth, finances student campus ministries in medical and dental schools, publishes educational/inspirational materials, hosts marriage and family conferences, offers continuing education for missionary doctors, and develops overseas academic exchange programs. For those seeking a Christian physician, the CMDA offers a "Christian doctor search engine." 
  2. ^ a b Koenig, Harold G (15 August 2009). Faith and Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing. Templeton Foundation Press. p. 224. ISBN 9781599470788. Retrieved 17 July 2014. The Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA) are combined under this umbrella organization. CMDA has a number of goals that include taking positions and addressing policies on health care issues; conducting overseas medical evangelism projects through its mission arm, Global Health Outreach; coordinating a network of Christian doctors for fellowship and professional growth; sposoring student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributing educational and inspirational resources; hosting marriage and family conferences; providing Third World missionary doctors with continuing education resources; and conducting academic exchange programs overseas. 
  3. ^ Eric, Huang; Chung, Richard (25 March 2014). Beyond Studying: A Guide to Faith, Life, and Learning for Students in Health-Care Professions. WestBow Press. p. 1. ISBN 9781490829982. Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) works on 242 medical/dental school campuses with over ten thousand students. 
  4. ^ Payne, January W. (2006-01-31). "Your Kind of Doctor - washingtonpost.com". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  5. ^ Cutrer, William R.; Glahn, Sandra L. (2005). The Contraception Guidebook. Zondervan. p. 193. ISBN 9780310254072. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 

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